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Legal News
3 days ago
by Bradley McAllister

[JURIST] The US Attorney's Office for the Eastern District of Michigan [official website] on Tuesday announced that the FBI [official website] will join a criminal investigation into the contaminated drinking water in Flint, Michigan. The FBI will join a multi-agency team [NYT report] in the ongoing investigation. In 2014 Flint's … [read more]


Legal News
27 Jan 2016
by Gwenyth Gamble

The Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) [advocacy website] filed a lawsuit [complaint, PDF] Wednesday in the US District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan [official website] seeking the replacement of lead water pipes in the city of Flint. The lawsuit, filed in conjunction with Concerned Pastors for Social Action, … [read more]


Legal News
26 Jan 2016
by Alonso Diaz

Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette announced [press release] Monday that he has appointed a former prosecutor to act as Special Counsel in his investigation into the water contamination crisis in the city of Flint and that a retired Detroit FBI chief will also participate in the investigation. In order to … [read more]


Legal News
16 Jan 2016
by Alonso Diaz

Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette [official website] announced [press release] Friday that he plans to investigate the water contamination crisis in the city of Flint. The investigation is set to begin immediately as Flint residents are currently being forced to rely on bottled water for drinking, cooking and bathing. Schuette … [read more]


Legal News
13 Jan 2016
by Gwenyth Gamble

California attorney Michael Newdow [Restore The Pledge profile] filed suit [complaint, PDF] Monday in the US District Court for the Northern District of Ohio seeking the removal of the phrase "In God We Trust" from US Currency. Newdow represents 49 plaintiffs, including organizations like Michigan Atheists and the Northern Ohio … [read more]


Academic Commentary
13 Jan 2016
by Robert A. Sedler of Wayne State University
edited by Dave Rodkey

JURIST Guest Columnist Robert A. Sedler of Wayne State University Law School discusses the validity of censoring disparaging trademarks...The Constitution changes everything. When the US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) refused to register as a trademark the name of an Asian-American rock band, The Slants [official site], on the ground … [read more]


Professional Commentary
23 Dec 2015
by David Christensen of Christensen Law
edited by Val Merlina

JURIST Guest Columnist David Christensen of Christensen Law discusses Michigan's legislation regarding no-fault regulations, and holding insurance companies to their lawful responsibilities ... The legal climate for Michigan medical providers has gotten bleak recently. Auto insurance companies have developed a practice of challenging almost every claim for no-fault benefits, throwing … [read more]


Academic Commentary
15 Dec 2015
by Maya Manian of University of San Francisco School of Law
edited by Cassandra Baubie

JURIST Guest Columnist Maya Manian of the University of San Francisco School of Law discusses the debate over abortion laws and how the future of a woman's right to choose resides with the Supreme Court as they are set to rule on a monumental case out of Texas later … [read more]


Legal News
14 Dec 2015
by Alexis Wheeler

The Supreme Court [official website] Monday stayed [order, PDF] an Alabama court decision that repudiated the parental rights of a woman (VL) who had been raising the three children she shared with her same-sex partner. The Alabama Supreme Court [official website] decision [text, PDF] had reversed the ruling of a … [read more]


Legal News
18 Nov 2015
by Dominic Yobbi

[JURIST] The Oklahoma Supreme Court [official website] on Tuesday ruled [opinion, PDF] that same-sex couples with children who had been in a union before same-sex marriage was legalized may be granted custodial rights. The case involves parents Charlene Ramey and Kimberly Sutton, who separated two years before the US Supreme … [read more]


Legal News
17 Nov 2015
by Taylor Gillan

An Alabama woman on Monday asked [cert. petition] the US Supreme Court [official website] to review the decision of an Alabama court not to recognize [opinion] her adoption of her same-sex partner's three children. She has also asked the Supreme Court for an emergency order [AL report] to allow her … [read more]


Legal News
5 Nov 2015
by Alexandra Farone

[JURIST] The Mexico Supreme Court [official website, in Spanish] ruled on Wednesday that four members of the nonprofit Sociedad Mexicana de Autoconsumo Responsable y Tolerante (SMART) [Facebook page, in Spanish] will be allowed to grow and smoke marijuana. This decision marks a significant step [BBC report] in the potential path … [read more]


Academic Commentary
4 Nov 2015
by Daniel Crane of University of Michigan School of Law
edited by Elizabeth Dennis

JURIST guest columnist Daniel Crane of the University of Michigan School of Law discusses the rulings surrounding NCAA athlete amateurism... On September 30, 2015, a divided panel of the US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit weighed in on the growing controversy regarding the National Collegiate Athletic Association's … [read more]


Legal News
4 Nov 2015
by Alonso Diaz

Voters in Ohio on Tuesday rejected a proposal [text, PDF] to legalize the medical and recreational use of marijuana. The measure would have decriminalized the use of marijuana by permitting retail sale of various marijuana-infused products, allowing those 21 years of age or older to grow up to four flowering … [read more]


Legal News
8 Oct 2015
by Ashley Hogan

The Michigan House of Representatives [official website] approved medical marijuana legislation [HB 4209; HB 4827] Wednesday to clarify the legal regulation of the medical marijuana industry. The "medical marihuana facilities licensing act" provides the licensing requirements for businesses to grow, sell and pay taxes on medical marijuana. The "marihuana tracking … [read more]


Professional Commentary
29 Sep 2015
by David Christensen of Christensen Law
edited by Cassandra Baubie

JURIST Guest Columnist David Christensen from Christensen Law discusses the impact of spousal benefits on the LGBT community...When the US Supreme Court ruled that states could not ban gay marriage earlier this year, it did more than just given them access to marriage certificates. The legal designation of "spouse" opens … [read more]


Legal News
2 Sep 2015
by Matt Belenky

The Maryland Court of Special Appeals on Wednesday published a ruling [opinion, PDF] holding that a lesbian woman has no visitation or custody rights to a boy given birth by her partner before they were married. Writing for the court, Judge Robert A. Zarnoch [official profile] said that Maryland law … [read more]


Legal News
13 Aug 2015
by Alexandra Farone

[JURIST] Mississippi civil rights groups filed [complaint, PDF] a federal lawsuit Wednesday challenging the policy of the Mississippi Department of Human Services [official website] that bans adoption by married same-sex couples. The Campaign for Southern Equality, Family Equality Council [advocacy websites] and two female same-sex couples are the plaintiffs in … [read more]


Academic Commentary
1 Aug 2015
by Peter J. Hammer of Wayne State University Law School
edited by Cassandra Baubie

JURIST Guest Columnist Peter Hammer, of Wayne State University Law School, discusses the controversy surrounding Caitlyn Jenner and rights for transgender individuals...Please call me by my true names, so I can wake up, and so the door of my heart can be left open, the door of compassion. Call Me … [read more]


Legal News
19 Jul 2015
by Dominic Yobbi

[JURIST] Over a dozen states that have decided to expand Medicaid [official website] under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) [official website] have seen enrollment numbers surge over recent months, raising concerns over state budgets as federal aid is set to reduce in two years. Lawmakers have warned that the price … [read more]

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